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Ella D'Arcy was chiefly a short-story writer, known for her acerbic depictions of personal pain caused by the institution of marriage. Unlike other New Woman writers she shows no bias towards her own sex: her victims are as often male as female, her tormentors as often female as male. Her feminism can be seen in her emphasis on the restriction and frustration of women's lives. Her output was small, but includes one short novel and the translation from French of Ariel, a romanticized biography of Percy Bysshe Shelley. This highly uncharacteristic work is her most famous, but her part in it is seldom mentioned.
23 August 1857 Constance Eleanor Mary Byrne D'Arcy (who later published as Ella D'Arcy) was born in the Pimlico area of London, one of nine children of Irish parents. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1890 EDA's early story "The Expiation of David Scott" appeared in Temple Bar. It was her earliest identified publication, and might be called a novella rather than a story since it has ten chapters. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 15 February 1924 EDA's last book was her translation into English of Ariel, the biography of Percy Bysshe Shelley written by André Maurois, published, like her other books, by John Lane. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 September 1937 EDA died in a London hospital, some time after suffering a stroke. Bibliographic Citation link.
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